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A term coined by J. D. Scott, literary editor of the Spectator, in 1954 to describe a group of writers including Amis, Larkin, Davie, Enright, Wain, E. Jennings, and Conquest. Two anthologies (Enright's Poets of the 1950s, 1955, and Conquest's New Lines, 1956) illustrate the Movement's predominantly anti‐romantic, witty, rational, sardonic tone; its fictional heroes tended to be lower‐middle‐class scholarship boys. Definitions of its aims were negative and by 1957 its members began to disown it, claiming, in Wain's words, ‘its work is done’.

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